Amaiya Zafar: Muslim teen boxer in US wins right to fight in hijab

WASHINGTON: A 16-year-old Muslim-American boxer, who wants to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, has won the right to wear a hijab and fully cover her arms and legs while boxing in the US. She earned the right to showcase her skills, and I'm happy for her," her coach Nathaniel Haile was quoted as saying. "But it's just the first step in letting her achieve her dreams," Haile said.Zafar has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But before she got her gloves on, officials informed her that she could not wear her hijab, leggings or long sleeves, and she left. "(Amaiya) has wanted this for so long," O'Keefe said.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had repeatedly called for the Switzerland-based AIBA and USA Boxing to grant a religious exemption to uniform regulations so that Zafar could wear hijab during competition.

April 23, 2017 09:16 UTC

Gauri Shinde: I am my own critic

Gauri Shinde says she casts actors as per the script’s demand and feels lucky that stars like Sridevi, Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt agreed to work with her. Gauri Shinde says she casts actors as per the script’s demand and feels lucky that stars like Sridevi, Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt agreed to work with her. Director Gauri Shinde says she is critical of her own work and feels she could have done a better job with her last film Dear Zindagi. I keep regretting that there is one deleted scene, I wish I had added it in ‘Dear Zindagi’,” Gauri told PTI. Gauri says she casts actors as per the script’s demand and feels lucky that stars like Sridevi, Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt agreed to work with her.

April 23, 2017 09:11 UTC

Only 30% of recalled diesel vehicles rectified so far: Volkswagen

In December 2015, Volkswagen had announced recall of 3.4 lakh vehicles in India across its different brands, including Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda, sold from 2008 till end of November 2015. Volkswagen Group India said the process has been delayed as it involves different brands, engines and models. Overall, by the end of last month, 30% of the entire lot of vehicles that is eligible for the update has been covered, a Volkswagen Group India spokesperson told PTI. The technical measures were being defined and developed by Volkswagen Group at the headquarters in Germany. With this, the company is likely to shell out a total of around $30 billion, which also includes price of buying back almost 5 lakh vehicles sold in the US.

April 23, 2017 09:00 UTC

Day after 7-hour grilling, TTV Dinakaran to face Delhi Police again today

Road rage shocker: IAF officer thrashed and robbed by 3 men in Delhi, video goes viralAfter being grilled for nearly 7 hours on Saturday, AIADMK General Secretary TTV Dinakaran will be grilled for the second day by the Delhi Police today. The focus on the questioning on Day 1 was on the money trail and his association with alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. Dinakaran was also quizzed about the involvement of the Election Commission officials in the conspiracy.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

PM asks states to speed up infrastructure development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon states to "speed up capital expenditure and infrastructure creation" to spur economic growth. Addressing the third meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog, Modi also said the think-tank's long, medium and short term action plans would benefit all the states. The prime minister further said the vision of 'New India' can only be realised through the combined efforts and cooperation of all the states. Observing that Niti Aayog has been taking steps to transform India, the prime minister asked the government, private sector and civil society to work in sync to promote development. States need "to speed up capital expenditure and infrastructure creation," he said.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

A comic book to boost forces' morale in Kashmir

NEW DELHI : The 2001 attack on the Srinagar airport is the subject of the 10th illustrated comic book brought out by the CRPF, aimed at boosting the morale of the paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir.The multi-coloured comic book is one of 12 in the series titled "Shaurya Gaathas" (Valour Stories) involving Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, a force that has lost almost 150 personnel to militant attacks in the state in the past four years.The 30-40 page comic, printed in Delhi, is to be launched by October or November this year. "The comic 'Attack on Srinagar' shows how the CRPF foiled the terror strike. I am sure the comic will really motivate our personnel deployed in the Valley," he said.The CRPF has suffered heavily in the Kashmir Valley, where a separatist campaign raging since late 1989 has left thousands dead.A total of 2,580 CRPF personnel were injured between July 8, 2016, and February 27, 2017. These will soon go for sale to the public as well. The comics poignantly portray the CRPF men's lives and give detailed accounts of their operations.The entire project, including compilation of the content, is handled by the CRPF.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

Election Commission issues letter of intent for purchase of 16,15,000 VVPATs

Highlights 1 The VVPATs will be purchased at an estimated cost of Rs 3,173.47 crore. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a letter of intent for purchase of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) at an estimated cost of Rs 3,173.47 crore during 2017-18 and 2018-19 from two public service undertakings- Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL). In its letter sent to the chairman and managing directors (CMDs) of ECIL and BEL on Friday, the Commission communicated its intent for purchasing 8,07,500 VVPATs from each PSU by September 2018. The Commission shall closely monitor the production of VVPATs for timely delivery before the 2019 general elections. ALSO READ| Cabinet clears Rs 3,173 crore for Election Commission to buy new EVMs with paper trailALSO READ | 16 lakh new EVMs with paper trail for 2019 Lok Sabha election, says Election CommissionALSO WATCH | Centre clears Rs 3173 crores for 16 lakh VVPAT machines

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

At NITI Aayog meet, PM Narendra Modi presents New India vision, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee not interested

Highlights 1 Narendra Modi speaks about New India vision at NITI Aayog. 3 Kejriwal, Mamata skip NITI Aayog meet. Interestingly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipped the meeting of the NITI Aayog governing council. "The NITI Aayog is working on a 15-year long term vision, 7-year medium term strategy, and 3-year action agenda. This effort needs support of states, and will eventually reflect in benefits to states," Narendra Modi said.

April 23, 2017 08:41 UTC

Five talking points from Chelsea’s foray into the FA Cup final over Tottenham

(Source: Reuters)Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2, with two goals in the last 15 minutes, to reach the final of the FA Cup. Here are five talking points from the exciting match:Willian’s braceWillian started the game with the opening goal in the fifth minute and added another in the 52nd. While Hazard scored in the 75th minute to give Chelsea the lead, while Nemanja Matic sealaed the win with a goal in the 80th minute. While Chelsea saw a shock defeat in the hands of Manchester United in their last Premier game, Tottenham have been on a dream run. Spurs trail Chelsea by four points and gave a tough fight to Chelsea to remain strong contenders in the title race.

April 23, 2017 08:26 UTC

Narendra Modi: Niti Aayog meet focusses spotlight on cooperative federalism: 10 key developments

A source told PTI that Prime Minister Narendra Modi , who heads the council, insisted that only CMs and not their representatives attend. Those who attended from opposition-ruled states included Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar , Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The PM said one of the Aayog's key mandates is cooperative federalism. Modi illustrated cooperative federalism with a top example. "Consensus on GST will go down in history as a great illustration of cooperative federalism," Modi said, referring to the historic passage of the Goods and Services Taxes Bill.6.

April 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

Now apply for passports in Hindi

Photo: iStockphotoNew Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has made a provision enabling people to apply online for passports in Hindi. The panel had suggested that bilingual forms should be made available by all passport offices and forms filled in Hindi should also be accepted. It had recommended that entries should also be made in Hindi in all passports being issued. People can download the application form available in Hindi, fill it in and upload it while applying for the passport. The printout of filled-in form will not be accepted by ‘Passport Seva Kendra’ and Regional Passport Offices.

April 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

A look at Bollywood’s most iconic body transformations: But are they good for health?

But along with the fancy cars, fancy mansions, and fans comes solid hard work: work that often goes above and beyond the call of duty, in ways that often affect the actors’ health. All actors these days are able to change their body shapes at will to better suit a movie role. Kunal admires Hrithik Roshan for his body, and Akshay Kumar for making fitness a part of his lifestyle. Kunal Kapoor“I had to look physically intimidating, but my director didn’t want my physique to look like one built in the gym. Again I had to lose nearly 11 kilos for my film The Ghazi Attack, and getting back to my original body weight has been another challenge.

April 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

Rare manuscript of US Declaration of Independence discovered

Boston, Apr 23 (PTI) Harvard researchers have unearthed one of the only two parchment copies of the US Declaration of Independence dating back to the 18th century. The only other version of the Declaration, a signed copy that is popularly regarded as the official document, is displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. "What struck me as significant was that it said manuscript on parchment," Sneff said. "As those details started adding up, we realised this was different from any other copy we had seen," Sneff said. "There are three key questions we want to answer," said Danielle Allen of Harvard University.

April 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

Financial institutions feeling fintech heat, says PwC study

NEW DELHI: Financial institutions are increasingly at risk of losing business to fintech innovators, with 67 per cent already feeling the heat, says a PwC study.Incumbents are also looking to explore partnerships with the new entities to foster innovations, it added. Consumers in India are increasingly getting attracted to non-traditional financial service providers, starting with payments and fund transfers.According to PwC's Global FinTech Report, 67 per cent believe their business is at risk from financial technology (fintech) firms and as many as 95 per cent of incumbents seek to explore fintech partnerships to boost innovations. "A majority of the players say they are embracing FinTech and seek to utilise it to grow and transform their businesses. FinTech to us is really about the interplay between different players in the ecosystem and how they work together to disrupt the Financial Services industry. However, other entities like social media platforms and e-tailers have also been cited as the source of disruption.The analysis in this report is based on a nationwide survey of 45 Indian financial services and fintech executives, mapped against a global survey of 1,308 participants from 71 countries and also includes insights and proprietary data from PwC's DeNovo platform.

April 23, 2017 08:03 UTC

China bowled out for 28 in World Cricket League qualifier

China were humiliated as they were bowled out for 28 by Saudi Arabia and crashed to a 390-run defeat in a World Cricket League regional qualifier in Thailand on Saturday. Saudi Arabia piled up 418 all out off their 50 overs before China’s outclassed batsmen collapsed in just 12.4 overs as extras top scored with 13. Shahbaz Rasheed made 50 and Mohammad Afzal a century from 91 balls with 13 fours and two sixes. He was denied the chance to take four wickets in four balls as the injured number 11 Jiang Shuyao did not bat. Despite their crushing defeat, China bowler Feng Yu returned five for 89 from his 10 overs.

April 23, 2017 08:03 UTC

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